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it's been in the high 70's for about a week now which clearly necessitated a trip to the beach this weekend. sunsets and ocean waves and the smell of cotton candy on the pier do a heart and mind good.




i saw this Banished Word List (from Lake Superior University) shortly after the New Year and loved reading all the words and snark accompanying them and thought i'd share some of my favorites. enjoy!



"Cecil B. DeMille movies are epic. Internet fallouts and opinions delivered in caps-lock are not. 'Epic fail,' 'epic win', 'epic (noun)' -- it doesn't matter; it needs to be banished until people recognize that echoing trite, hyperbolic Internet phrases in an effort to look witty or intelligent actually achieves the opposite." - Kim, Des Moines, Iowa.



"Fail is not a noun. It is not an adjective. It is a verb. If this word is not banned, then this entire word banishment system is full of FAIL. (Now doesn't that just sound silly?)" Daniel of Carrollton, Georgia.

"It has taken over blogs, photo captions, 'status' comments. Anytime someone does something less than perfect, we have to read 'FAIL!' The word has failed us all." - Aaron, Ishpeming, Mich.



"It became popular with the advent of the television show 'South Park' and by rights should have died of natural causes, but the term continues to cling to life. It is annoying when young children use it and have no idea why, but it really sounds stupid coming from the mouths of adults. Please kill this particular use of an otherwise fine word." – Wayne, Manistique, Michigan



"This pointless phrase, uttered initially by athletes on the losing side of a contest, is making its way into general use. It accomplishes the dual feat of adding nothing to the conversation while also being phonetically and thematically redundant." – Jeffrey, St. Paul, Minnesota.



"Horrifying overuse, even in face-to-face conversation… It should receive bonus points for its ability to exhort the opposite reaction from the receiver." – Bret, Cincinnati, Ohio.



"Let's banish 'waterboarding' to the beach, where it belongs with boogie boards and surfboards." – Patrick, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan



"'A phrase used to diffuse any ill feelings caused by a preceded remark,' according to the Urban Dictionary. Do we really need a qualifier at the end of every sentence? People feel uncomfortable with a comment that was made and then 'just sayin'' comes rolling off the tongue? It really doesn't change what was said, I'm just sayin'." - Becky, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.



"Supposed to resemble a heart, or stand for the word 'love. Used when sending those important text messages to loved ones. Just say the word instead of making me turn my head sideways and wondering what 'less than three' means." - Andrea, Chicago.

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Taken on January 15, 2011